Laying wall tiles
Aesthetic and functional, wall tiles effectively protect walls from water splashes. Discover in video all the steps and installation techniques adapted to your wall tiling.

How to install wall tiles

To learn how to install wall tiles, follow the 3 steps in the video:

Laying the first tiles
Make the cuts
Make the joints

Discover the detailed step-by-step process for laying wall tiles
Before you start
To ensure good adhesion, the tile must be laid on a sound, dry, flat, smooth and clean surface. Place a tarpaulin on the ground to protect it during work.

Prepare the walls
Step 1: Lay the first tiles
How to install tiles on the wall
The angles between 2 walls or between a wall and the floor are not always square.
To ensure a successful straight installation, first draw a laying guide.

How to install tiles on the wall
To do this, place a crosspiece on the ground, then a tile and a new crosspiece.

Mark a marker on the wall.

How to install tiles on the wall
With the mason’s rule, draw a level line.

Then do the same on the other walls to be tiled.

How to install tiles on the wall
Place cleats under these markers and screw them to the wall.

Before fixing them, use a material detector to make sure that no obstacles are present in the walls.

Use a material detector
How to install tiles on the wall
Choose the location of your first tile. Here, we align it with a tile of the floor tile.

Mark a marker and draw the line on which the first tile will be aligned.

How to install tiles on the wall
Prepare the tile adhesive in a bucket, following the manufacturer’s recommendations. Then mix the preparation with a drill mixer until it is homogeneous and smooth.

How to install tiles on the wall
Before laying the first line of tiles, you can define the height of the adhesive to be applied to the wall.

It corresponds to a tile height, minus a few centimetres

How to install tiles on the wall
Spread the glue on the wall with a trowel. Apply an area of 2 to 3 tiles wide, above the batten.

Pull the glue out with a glue comb. Hold the spatula firmly against the wall, at an angle of about 60 degrees.

How to install tiles on the wall
If glue overflows onto the batten, remove it so as not to form an excess thickness that would interfere with the laying of the tiles.

If your tile is more than 20 cm long, glue the back of the tile to a thickness of about one millimetre.

How to install tiles on the wall
Place your first tile against the horizontal strip, aligning it with your vertical marker.

Lightly tap its entire surface with a rubber mallet to anchor it in the glue.

How to install tiles on the wall
Glue the back of the second tile and put it down. Adjust its position in relation to the first tile and place crosspieces at the corners.

You have about 20 minutes to adjust the position of the tiles before the glue dries.

How to install tiles on the wall
Anchor the second tile. Then, place a tiler’s bat across the 2 tiles and hit it lightly with the mallet.

This operation allows the tiles to be positioned on the same plane.

How to install tiles on the wall
Continue laying the first line in the same way, until the last full tile.

Don’t forget to place braces between the tiles.

Step 2: Make the cuts
How to install tiles on the wall
To make a straight cut at the end of the line, take the dimensions of the cut and deduce from these measurements the thickness of a crosspiece.

Record the measurements on the tile to be cut and draw the cutting line.

How to install tiles on the wall
Place the cutting line on the cutting axis of the tile cutter and cut the tile.

Use an electric tile cutter
How to install tiles on the wall
Apply glue to the wall and glue the back of the tile if necessary.

Put down your tile, anchor it and place the braces. Then, smooth with a tiler’s bat.

How to install tiles on the wall
For a rounded cut in the middle of the tile, locate the center of the hole. To do this, measure the width and height to the center point.

Don’t forget to deduct the thickness of a crosspiece.

How to install tiles on the wall
Before cutting, protect your workbench with a scrap of wood or plasterboard.